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In search of the mysterious matrixyl peptides

The average person only expects anti-wrinkle products to help delay ageing and fade wrinkles. But those who are looking for a deeper understanding of cosmetics science will also want to know how these products work and what makes them so effective. We have an interesting blog post today for them about the matrixyl peptides, which are one of the most effective anti-wrinkle agents available today, while most people haven’t even heard of them.

The intelligent signaling system

Scientists have always wanted to find out more about the mysterious workings of the human body. How is the skin able to heal and regenerate itself after an injury? Professor Francois-Xavier Maquart, a researcher at the Faculty of Medicine if the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne was also interested in this.

The professor’s research team was well aware that our bodies have different signaling systems, such as the hormones, cytokines or growth factors. In a nutshell they work like this: the cells send messages to each other, using various substances (mainly proteins), which are then sensed by other cells.

The big discovery, however, was that they realized that the extracellular matrices could do the same “trick”. However, these messages are smaller than proteins, they are just parts of proteins, i.e. peptides. The professor named these matrikines.

And the wonder of matrikines is that when the intercellular collagen of the skin breaks down for some reason – e.g. due to injury – its particles (which are also peptides) reach the fibroblast cells responsible for collagen production and stimulate them to replace the collagen.

Matrixyl peptides and the cosmetics industry

Naturally, the results of the French research team were immediately noticed by the cosmetics industry. After all, the reduction in collagen levels is largely responsible for the aging of the skin, and the matrikines are able to “call upon” the cells to produce collagen.

Sederma, a Spanish company, started experimenting, and they were the first to succeed in producing matrixyl peptides, which are matrikines that can induce collagen production in fibroblast cells without damaging the skin. Thanks to this discovery, matrikines can now be successfully used in anti-wrinkle products such as the Helia-D Professional Firming Serum.

Skin care with professional methods

Matrixyl peptides have undoubtedly proven to be effective, as it is well known that when the skin’s collagen level decreases, it loses firmness and sooner or later wrinkles appear. All in all, there is nothing wrong with this, as it is a natural process that goes hand in hand with the ageing of the body.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should just resign yourself to the inevitable. The matrixyl peptides can intervene in this process and stimulate the body to produce more collagen. What’s more, matrikine products are now not limited only to the professionals, as the cosmetics in the Helia-D Professional product line are available not only to cosmeticians, but to anyone who wants to give their skin professional care.

Conscious skin care and the use of the right cosmetics is one of the most important pillars of a youthful appearance. So find time for proper beauty care, because although youth doesn’t last forever, with a little care the passage of time can be slowed down dramatically.